Preppin’ for the Expo

Today I spent a good part of the afternoon doing final preps for the WSU Country Living Expo that will be happening next Saturday.

I’m teaching two classes this year- Basics of Wool Processing, which I’ve done a couple of times before, and Spinning Wheels 101– a new offering this year that I’m pretty excited about.

But between the two classes, there are a lots of materials that I need to bring!

For the Wool Processing, I bring my drum carder, combs, hand cards, flicker brush, dog brushes, lots wool samples to illustrate different characteristics, and bunches of wool for people to play with.

But for the Spinning Wheels class, I had to do a little more prep- carding wool for everyone to work with.


I’ve asked that people bring their wheel if they have one, but I don’t have any idea if anyone will, and I want everyone to get some hands-on spinning time. So I’m bringing wheels!

Sophie the little Serbian, Hank the Pirtle bulky spinner, and a borrowed Ashford Traditional.

Wasn’t sure how they were all going to fit, so today I did a trial run with packing up the Subaru.

Not bad, actually!

Hank and Sophie both sit nicely in the backseat,


And I found that the Ashford fits nicely laying down in the back, resting safely on a foam pad to save her the bumps and vibrations of the road. So think this is going to work!

But Sadie is bummed out. No room for car pups.


Sorry Sadie 🙁

I am excited about the classes. Teaching two 2-hour sessions doesn’t really leave me any time to do much else (like attend some of the other workshops!) but hopefully at least I’ll get some time for lunch and to check out the trade show.

It’s cool to be able to talk about wool all day and not have people roll their eyes and think that I’m a total psycho.

Maybe we should do it more than once a year! 🙂


  1. mcfwriter

    I hope to see you there, Denise. As usual, I have little recollection of what workshops I signed up for (only that almost all of the ones I really wanted were at the same time as another, then there’d be a session where there was “nothing”) :p I’ll pack up some BWM wool in a bag and bring it along – that way I’ll be sure to look you up!

    • sheepsclothing

      Hey- sorry I missed you yesterday. The spinning and fiber prep classes were really fun, but the day just whizzed by!

      • mcfwriter

        I bet! I should have signed up for your classes, as my day didn’t go so fast; except for the first class and the last class, I was disappointed overall 🙁

        AND I totally forgot the wool! I was getting out of the car in Stanwood and thought it was the bag on the floor, but then realized I left it on the bench in the garage – dang! Next time!

    • sheepsclothing

      thanks- I love the chicken bags. they make such great totes. I have tons more bags sitting around waiting to be sewn up, but haven’t gotten around to it!


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